PIEPS DSP and Motorola Radio Problems

January 26, 2009

Avalanche operations: “Devices not compatible!” 

“THE PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceiver MODEL and THE Motorola GP340 Radio 

are not compatible. It is possible for the avalanche transceiver to unintentionally 

switch off or switch over!” This urgent warning to operations personnel comes from 

St. Anton/ Arlberg in Austria. 


“In the Avalanche Commission and the Piste Rescue Service on the Arlberg, we 

sometimes, SIMULTANEOUSLY, use Pieps DSP avalanche transceivers and 

Motorola GP340 radios. We discovered, purely by accident, that the close 

contact of these two products can have dangerous consequences. When the 

Motorola GP340 Radio and the Pieps DSP Avalanche Transceiver come in 

close contact, the Pieps DSP will either switch off or switch from transmit 

mode to search mode.  As the parties at hand have no knowledge of this 

occurrence, avalanche incidents may evolve into exacerbated life-threatening 

events,” says Ferdinand Alber, a St. Anton, Alberg cable operator. He, also, 

provides Mountain Rescue Volunteer service at our St. Anton location. 


According to the PIEPS company, they are aware of the problem, adds the Tyrol 

expert. The manufacturing company argues that each and every person is 

responsible for not letting the two devices get too close. “I doubt whether that can be 

taken into account when people are buried in an avalanche,” says Ferdinand Alber 

from the Tiroler Oberland region. 

According to Peter Veider, training manager at the Tyrolean Mountain Rescue Team, 

it would not be a bad idea to observe or test other product combinations along these 

lines within their own ranks. 

Information: Ferdinand ALBER, 

St. Anton am Arlberg Mountain Rescue Volunteer 


Work contact address:  



EMAIL: alber.f@abbag.com